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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.5 4,623 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(3,299 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done(in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire(in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family(in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity(in 149 reviews)

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    Best place to work

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Kanata, ON

    ProsLearning from experts (You will find top software engineers in your team)
    Access to latest network technologies
    Relatively good compensation package
    Flexible work environment
    If you choose the good teams, you will find nice managers and co-workers. Really enjoy hanging out with fellow peers

    ConsSwitching to Agile, but in the wrong way
    Sometimes they hire idiots
    Salary growth not good, especially when you know people joined recently make more money
    Lack of career opportunities, because we have 60k of employees....
    Too many levels of management
    Layoffs: literally once a FY

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    Cisco Intership

    Sales Intern (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsFlexible hours, good pay, lots of exposer to high up people, friendly culture, get to use a lot of interesting technology

    Conspoor time off policies, lots of monitoring from different departments (your department, intern head, contractor head)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    In Transition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood stable company. Has vision. Lots of thing happening.
    Lots of experts in lots of areas. People generally are good and smart.
    Pay is reasonable. Work is flexible.

    ConsToo complex for execution. Many owners with overlapping responsibility.
    Too big to get quick answers. Decision making is complicated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo the right thing.

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    Work flexibility, great work and life balance. poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAbility to work from home anytime, flexible hours; great, smart people to work with

    ConsPoor management, you can feel very disconnected and left out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your employees, keep them informed and give opportunities to showcase their skills and talents

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    It was fine

    Senior IT Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsGood enviorment, good technology, great people and good package, it was good

    Conspolitics, no work life balance

    Advice to Senior Managementplease, train managers in a more kind manner

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Low Morale

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance. The people are fantastic. We have a gym to work off your steam if needed.

    ConsTreated like robots, not allowed to rock the boat, open office environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow a pair and get up against the big guys. No salary increases for over 8 years. No bonus this year but John Chambers gets a 21 Million dollar bonus/salary? Really I live pay check to pay check...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company ,very good experience for myself.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge company with extensive trainings

    ConsHas to encounter chanlleges from across teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt could be fine to have a higher salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    many years of software R&D with Cisco Systems Canada

    Software Engineer III (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    Prossalary and bonus was good.

    Consvacation less than average. Not much chances for personal career development.

    Advice to Senior Managementshould encourage employees to take on more challenges

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    software engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosoperation system and networking questions, what is TCP, UPD, MPLS

    Consbascially, they will give questions (pretty much like exams) , and you need to familiar with C and operation system

    Advice to Senior ManagementLinux and operation system topics

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    Worked only 4 months after Cisco acquisition, then business unit got shut down

    Engineer (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON

    ProsBig name
    Good benefits
    Great discounts for their products
    Got new computer
    Easy to get necessary software
    Got free training with job search after layoff
    Good severance pay

    ConsVulnerable to market downturns
    Unstable employment
    Had to use some ancient s/w like email
    Business units are isolated, little support from other locations
    Employment at other locations was not offered
    Applied later for other positions, no replies at all

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop your own technologies instead of buying competitiors

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